President Barack Obama will be striking up the band tonight when he presides over an all-star tribute to Sir Paul McCartney at the White House. The famed Beatle is being honored with the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The prize, named after the American songwriting team of brothers George and Ira Gershwin (“I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful”), celebrates McCartney’s fifty years in the music business. 2009 Gershwin Prize winner Stevie Wonder will be on hand to mark the occasion, as will Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello, and the Jonas Brothers (who dazzled fans with a free concert at Warner Theatre early this morning).
McCartney is the first non-American to receive the prize after Wonder in 2009 and Paul Simon in 2007. Tonight’s concert will be televised on July 28.